Every Wednesday, I’ll post about multiple intelligences so we can better understand children and why they do what they do.

Being music smart can show up in fun ways. Do you ever hear a phrase or even a word spoken in conversation and immediately begin singing a song?

Maybe you just do it in your head, but you might do it out loud if you’re with the right people. Because this involves memory for lyrics, it’s an excellent example of music-smart and word-smart strengths working together. (Intelligences never work alone.)

Especially if I’m with my sister-in-law, who is a music teacher by profession and also very word smart, if we hear the word “sisters” spoken just right, we jump into “Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters” from a song in the movie White Christmas. It just takes that one word.

It’s possible that if you asked either of my music-smart nieces what they enjoy, they’d answer in song from the movie The Sound of Music. “These are among my favorite things….”

At the zoo once, when overhearing a mom ask her children if they’d like to go into the bird house to feed the birds, one observer began to sing “Feed the Birds” from the movie Mary Poppins. It wasn’t long before a group of us joined in. Then, of course, we all enjoyed a good laugh.

Do you have the same abilities? It means you’re music smart! Singing songs you’re reminded of can add to your joy and strengthen relationships as you discover something you have in common. Mostly, though, it’s just fun!

Let me know what song you’ve started singing while in the middle of a conversation.